|"The book lay there thunderous in it's embodiment of the tragedy that is the Thousand Sons"|
So, yeah, as you can imagine from the caption I don't really like Graham McNeill. Sure, he writes good stuff (more about that later) but he always has to use "thunderous" as an adjective. Even in the most weird places. I can still vividly remember reading one of the Ultramarines novels and stopping at the words "[…]his thunderous brow[…]" and thinking "WTF? Is he stoned when writing?". This book however, only contained thunderous in four places. Evenly dispersed through the book. I hope his editor finally caught up with the thunderous plague and put a stop to it. ;)
Spoilers might lie ahead, so I'll do this fancy page break here. Click on "read more" if you want to know more about the book, and my thoughts of it.
The book is, of course, about the Thousand Sons and how they succumbed to chaos. This story has more body to it though, compared to the book Fulgrim and the other chapters written about in the Horus Heresy series. It's not a sudden deus ex machina that sways them to Chaos (like in False Gods). But instead a gradual degeneration, that only reaches it's climax in the very end of the book.
What I really liked, was that Graham really made me as a reader, feel sorry for the Thousand Sons. They were really loyal to the Emperor, and tried to do their best, but was doomed from the beginning. So when the final blews came it felt... tragic and sad.
There's a few side stories in it too, about three remembrances that follow the Thousand Sons, which ties in well with the main arc. And actually contributes to it a great deal.
The bad things about the book is few. Sometimes it's really slow, not Descent of Angels-slow, but in order to build up to the climax Graham has to tell you a lot about the Thousand Sons background and a bit about the creation of the primarchs and stuff like that. For a fluff-buff like me it felt a bit boring, because I already know about all that stuff, but I guess it's really good information for new readers.
Sometimes I wished there were some more action in the book. There is three battles described in the book. Except for the last one, very briefly. I can understand why, delving deeper into the battles wouldn't really contribute to the main story. But I still would like to have seen some more action.
Apart from that, it's a pretty good read. If you've read classic literature you'll instantly know where the book leads. It's a lot like the old greek mythos about Icarus with a little Oidipus complex thrown in as well. But the story is interesting enough, and although the ending is already known, I still stuck with the book wanting to see [read] what happens next.
"Knowledge is power. Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely."